Safe harbor

An HDR photograph of Barnegat Lighthouse taken from the jetty rock at blue hour overlooking majestic pastel clouds over Barnegat Bay.
Safe harbor — 14mm | f/8 | ISO 100 | 7 Bracketed Exposures

As I was taking the seven bracketed exposures for last night’s shot, I was looking back northeast over my right shoulder at the incredible scene happening to my rear. Old Barney awash in blue hour pastels, cast in a soft pink glow. There was too much great light and not enough cameras (in the interest of full disclosure I was firing off panoramas with my iPhone throughout the shoot). We’re talking first world problems of the highest order. In the span of a second my mind racked over the pros and cons of moving my tripod and repositioning my camera in the midst of the phenomenal sunset that was unfolding in real time. Normally I like to find my spot and stay there.

After a brief pause of hesitation I decided to make the move. I did go to the lighthouse to shoot the lighthouse, after all. Knowing I had to move quickly, I dialed in with speed and took one set of seven brackets before hurrying back to my first location, facing sunset. That one set produced one hell of a final result. I haven’t taken many photographs of Long Beach Island’s most famous landmark but this one is surely best.

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4 responses to “Safe harbor”

  1. […] Safe harbor | Taken: September 22, 2014 | Location: Barnegat Lighthouse, Barnegat Light, NJ […]

  2. James Neufell Avatar

    Since we recently moved to Forked River, I would like to use the “Safe Harbor” image on my Amateur Radio (Ham) QSL cards. I’ve been a Ham for nearly 52 years and now hold the call sign K2GMT. I fully understand the concept of copyright, being a copyright holder myself, and therefor would never consider using the image without permission. I would be willing to pay a small fee, but since Ham radio is a hobby and , by law, not a commercial endeavor, my funds for this are limited.
    Please advise if this is possible.
    Thanks for a Great image11
    Jim Neufell, K2GMT

  3. James Neufell Avatar

    FYI…I couldn’t access your e-mail from the ‘button’ below…

  4. Greg Molyneux Avatar

    Hi James—apologies for the button not working. Shoot me an email at and we can discuss this further. (That should work.)

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